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Artfully Chocolate Bistro on DC’s 14th Street NW Undergoes Transformation


This story comes to us from Leslie Braunstein:

Artfully Chocolate Bistro, a destination lounge and casual eating establishment at 1529 14th Street, NW in Washington, DC, has expanded its offerings and reoriented its business to take advantage of the energy and nightlife in the city’s popular 14th Street neighborhood. Artfully Chocolate’s transformation has benefited from the full support of the building’s landlord, The JCR Companies of Washington, DC.


“ACKC Cocoa Bar opened in 2007 as the city’s first cocoa bar and preeminent chocolate shop,” explained Joe Reger, JCR Companies’ Managing Partner. “Not long ago, the owners decided to go beyond chocolate, opening a wine bar, serving a unique Sunday brunch, and launching an entertainment venue with singers, comics, and more. With all of this, the owners re-branded and became Artfully Chocolate Bistro.”


Most recently, Reger added, Artfully Chocolate Bistro has begun offering exotic ice cream creations infused with the same herbs and spices as their crowd-pleasing Diva hot chocolate drinks.  The store also offers traditional favorites from Gifford’s Ice Cream Company. Its wine bar features a variety of fine wines as well as unique beers and ales.


One thing has not changed: the store still displays and sells artwork by one of its owners, Eric Nelson.  “We are excited about reorienting our business as an entertainment venue with weekly attractions, including singers, comics, and more, while still offering a unique selection of food,” said Nelson.


“We have supported this tenant throughout its transition,” said Reger. “Now that they’ve re-branded, I’m sure they will be in this well-located space for a long time.” Reger noted that Artfully Chocolate Bistro was featured on the cover of the August 2011 issue of Specialty Food Magazine. They also were named by Travel and Leisure magazine (December 2010) as one of the best places in the country for hot chocolate.


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